Since the end of the civil war in 1991, Cambodia has experienced some form of political and economic stability. The country today benefits from one of the most dynamic economic growth in the world thanks to textile industry, construction and real estate, tourism and agriculture.
But this growth forgets the most vulnerable and creates new poverty pockets.
Despite tangible progress and a strong willingness of the government to catch up economically, much still needs to be done. In 2019, the country still ranks among the least developed countries according to the United Nations.
In cities, wealthy investors and businessmen, live alongside the poorest people, street sellers, scavengers… In Phnom Penh, 1 person out of 5 lives in a slum. In these districts, children live in very precarious conditions, all the more exposed to illnesses and violence.
Workers in factories, on construction sites or in the fields, have difficult working conditions, often not benefiting from any type of social protection, and struggle to access to healthcare and childcare services.
In the villages, many toddlers live with their grand-parents, receiving few care and stimulation. They access often enroll in school late and the majority of them do not complete primary school.